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Thanks for all the supportive comments & goodies.

Step by step, I'm continuing to learn how to manage my life. It may be slow but it IS happening. I appreciate all the encouraging words on my page, photos & blogs. Spark friends are great!

"A desire presupposes the possibility of action to achieve it; action presupposes a goal which is worth achieving."-Ayn Rand

You've got to WANT it!

"Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out"- Robert Collier

Lastly, I have relearned that: 'the SECOND bite tastes the same' (thanks Pamela from WA) It's really working.

I joined SparkPages in 2007 & was honored to become a Spark's Motivational Member on 8-5-10. Thanks to all my Spark friends who helped make that happen. Wow! I'm overwhelmed by all the support & appreciation. Thanks!

Thanks for the goodies & comments for my being the Motivator of the Day on 5-18-11. What a pleasant surprise, Motivator of the Day again on 9-18-2011!

Sending good thoughts & prayers to all my Spark friends. Injoy:) Carolyn

Don't forget that the scale doesn't always tell the whole story. Have you measured yourself lately??? You may just be amazed at what you discover!

I hope you can keep your flame burning high to reach your designated goals.

Remember when all else fails, persistence prevails!

I accept that I can take the time I need & I can DO IT RIGHT! Focus on HEALTH! Take time to be patient, kind & gentle with my progress.

"The only way of finding the limits of the possible is by going beyond them into the impossible". Arthur C. Clarke

"Don't count the steps you've missed, count the steps
you've made." Unknown

"The Six W's: Work will win when wishing won't." - Todd Blackledge

"Life is managed; it is not cured." Learn to take charge of your life and hold on. This is a long ride, and you are the driver every single day." ~ Dr. Phil McGraw

This is a gentle reminder to put myself in the driver seat!

"Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and it may be necessary from time to time to give a stupid or misinformed beholder a black eye." ~ Miss Piggy

Miss Piggy ROCKS!

"I'm not where I need to be but thank God I'm not where I used to be. I'm o.k. and I'm on my way!" - Joyce Meyer

"Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending." - Maria Robinson

"The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a person's determination." - Tommy Lasorda

"We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures." - Thornton Wilder

"Beauty begins the moment you decide to be yourself." - Coco Chanel

I keep an attitude of gratitude daily! I write things for which I'm grateful & store them in my 'gratitude' jar.

Please visit my Facebook page: Joy is a choice! Choose joy moment by moment. Here's the link:

Member Since: 12/28/2009

My Goals:
Keep what works, eliminate what doesn't!

get off couch with rocking to do it, get into truck without shortness of breath, not worrying about chairs with arms & whether I'll fit or being sturdy enough to hold my weight, walking without canes or rolling walker & without gasping for breath, liking my reflection in the mirror or images in photographs, feeling good wearing clothes that fit comfortably.

Learning to measure successful behaviors, not numbers right now. i.e. keeping daily food log on my laptop.

My Program:
Moderation in all things. Use Spark Nutritional & Exercise logging tools. Drink plenty of H20 daily, take daily prescriptions & vitamins, stretch when I wake up & before & after exercise, apply lotion to my skin regularly. Ride my exercycle at least one time a week. Pilates three times a week.

Give myself small non food rewards for following through on weekly commitment.

Treat myself lovingly & be mindful in all my actions.

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Learning to love myself as I proceed on this journey toward my new ending.

I'm counting the steps I've made, not the steps I've missed.

I am learning to increase my SPARK & help ignite other Spark friends.

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Today is the day the Lord has made, rejoice & be glad in it.

"Two men look out the same prison bars; one sees mud and the other stars."- Frederick Langbridge

"Everyone has his burden. What counts is how you carry it." -Merle Miller

"Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together." -Vincent van Gogh

"Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face."~ Victor Hugo

"Close your eyes & imagine the best version of you possible. That's who you really are, let go of any part of you that doesn't believe it."-C. Assaad

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  • v SPARKFRAN514
    “Everything starts from gratitude. Everything. From there, all else line up for you.” Gail Lynne Goodwin
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    Take the time today to be good to you, in thoughts, deeds and actions, but especially in your thoughts.” Gail Lynne Goodwin
    I always enjoy your Blogs they are full of tips to get down Spark trail emoticon
    10 minutes ago
    It will be joy traveling this journey with a positive person like you.
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    1 hour ago
    Have you ever seen the movie, "Pay It Forward?" We never know what will or how one will be inspired.

    On page 88 of my blogs, I wrote a parody to a song, "Be ok" by Ingrid Michaelson . The blog is called, I just want to be ok, be ok, be ok, I just want to be ok today... One part of it was that I wanted to motivate others.

    People want to be heard and be accepted. Many times those that are overweight are joked about to their face, I have had that happen to me. I had a cousin that had to turn sideways to go through a doorway. She had the sweetest disposition and I loved going to see my aunt and she babysat me while I was there. So often, we do not hear anothers"story" and I believe everyone has one. I was watching a man that was teaching people how to write stories on public broadcasting and I still have the notes I took from that program.

    I think a good story or a good laugh helps us to remember things. I am no writer, but I do share what has helped me to lose weight. You inspire me with how badly you want to reach your goals.
    1 hour ago
    I did eat some Tostitos and Chi Chi's salsa, but only about half a serving of chips and there was about a Tablespoon of salsa on each one.

    I had him buy some mixed nuts and the can was gone in two nights. Salty foods are trigger foods for me as is ice cream. He put the ice cream in waffle bowls and put chocolate fudge topping on it. I had one a night for several nights. It is something that IMAVISION and I were talking about, both of us have had weight gains and when I look at what I ate, it was no wonder. Along with my meals, I was way over on calories.

    We both said that we needed to weigh and watch our portion sizes and that is true. The idea for my blog came from what we wrote to each other.
    2 hours ago

    Comment edited on: 2/18/2018 8:36:11 PM
    You are welcome, my dear!
    3 hours ago
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